Day one action from Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament
For the first time in the history of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, each one of the opening round games were decided by single digits, but that’s not to say all of them were exciting.
Wisconsin and Illinois certainly went right down to the buzzer and the heavily-favored Badgers nearly overcame a 12-point halftime deficit, but turned the ball over in the final seconds and lost 63-56.
Purdue edged Indiana by five points as well. However, the game I was there to see, mostly because I was doing some self-scouting on MSU’s potential opponents, was easily the least exciting game of the night.
Northwestern came away with a 53-44 win and won the opportunity of playing the No. 1-seeded Spartans, but if they play as they did tonight I can’t see the Wildcats advancing any further.
It was an ugly game to say the least, where the teams went into halftime with the score at 18-16. Minnesota made only 5-of-27 shots (19 percent) and Northwestern just 8-of-25 (32 percent).
Kendall Hackney came off the bench to score 22 points and rip down eight boards. The quietest near double-double I’ve seen all season. Amy Jaeschke also had a pretty good performance with 16 points and 10 rebounds, but again you wouldn’t have noticed unless your eyes were glued to the stat sheet.
The Spartans will play the Wildcats at 6 p.m. tomorrow night for a trip the semifinals.
The winner of that game will square off against the winner of Ohio State versus Iowa, who will take the court immediately following the MSU and Northwestern.
At 11:30 a.m. the No. 2 seeded Penn State will play Purdue and following that it will be Michigan against Illinois.